Nam­ing Rites

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Gary Boel­hower, Holy Cow! Press, Soft­cover $17 (118pp), 978-0-9864480-7-2

Gary Boel­hower’s po­etic world­view is ma­jorly in­flu­enced by his aca­demic back­ground and ex­ten­sive writ­ing (in­clud­ing two non­fic­tion books) in the sub­jects of ethics and spir­i­tu­al­ity, as well as his leadership roles with not­for-prof­its work­ing in adult lit­er­acy and hunger—which doesn’t mean he’s on the straight and nar­row, but it does ex­plain his moral fiber. In fact, his po­etry is riven through with in­tense bouts of in­tro­spec­tion over iden­tity, child­hood memories, and re­la­tional com­pli­ca­tions. Such vul­ner­a­bil­ity, and his crafts­man­ship, as­sure his work is com­pelling. Boel­hower’s first col­lec­tion, Mar­row, Mus­cle, Flight (Wild­wood River Press, 2011), won the Mid­west Book Award.

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